Total loan: $2,600

Mujeres Trabajadoras Panahual Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more feed for her poultry and pigs.

Mujeres Trabajadoras Panahual Group's story

Animal husbandry is a convenient way for women like 40-year-old Blanca to create income and take care of her family. She lives in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. Blanca is married and attended school for 6 years. She was able to give her 4 children, ages 12 to 22, a primary school education. She began her business some years ago and currently has 3 farm pens. She is requesting her 5th Kiva loan to buy feed for her poultry and pigs. She looks forward to increasing both her pigs and poultry.

Blanca, along with 7 other Maya K’iche ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge trust bank called “Mujeres Trabajadoras Panahual.” The women sell firewood and medicines and raise animals. As they have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational sessions, which are a part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education, and health care services.

They feel more empowered as women, mothers, and entrepreneurs when they learn about effective business management practices. They are able to care for themselves and their families with new information about health, hygiene, nutrition, and how to take precautions during the pandemic. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education, and health care Microcredit Plus.

KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are helping Blanca and her friends open doors to a brighter future. Thank you to each one of you!!!